I am hoping that I could talk out something with you all and get some advice. Sort of a "what would you do if you were me" post. (Sorry if I ramble a bit in this post.)
My children (ages 9 and 10) have both been using Singapore math standards for a number of years. They are not "gifted" math students, but they catch on to math concepts quickly and have a high conceptual understanding. They both also say that Math and Science are their favorite subjects.
Both of these kids are also dyslexic. Because of that, I feel like I spend 80% of my day helping them with their weakest language-based subjects (phonics, spelling, oral reading practice, comprehension, composition, etc. etc.) and very little time devoted to math. They understand math very easily but need lots and lots of help with language so that is what I end up focusing my instruction on. I often wonder if this is the right choice. On one hand, they are both reading at grade level and doing fairly decent in their language based subjects (for kids with dyslexia) because of all of this time....but on the other hand perhaps devoting more time to subjects they love and come easily would be good for their self-esteem and allow them to explore their potential in those areas.
Last year we completed Singapore 4A and 4B. For the first time, I felt the need to supplement extra review in many of the concepts. They were forgetting important concepts like how to multiply fractions vs. adding fractions, how to multiply decimals, or find the area of a given shape, etc. SO--for this year, I was considering adding in some extra practice with Singapore math. I was just going to get the extra practice workbook for Singapore and maybe a logic book---but then I started toying with the idea of doing Beast Academy a year behind as a form of review. We used Beast Academy at grade level for awhile and my son loved it. However, he needed a lot of my help. It wasn't like Singapore where I could teach a short lesson, assign some problems, and then check and correct. For that reason, I was thinking of doing Beast Academy a year behind. It might still be challenging for them, but they have also seen most of those concepts before. (My hope is that they could complete many of the BA workbook problems independently with only minimal help on the really challenging problems. I have a 4-year-old who can only count to 3...hahaha...so I need to be able to multitask so I can give all children attention. Plus, my older kids are NOT independent in their content or language based subjects. They are all very teacher intensive too because of dyslexia.)
I am hesitating pressing the "purchase button" on Beast Academy because I am wondering if I am biting off more than I can chew with math. On one hand, I think BA does a GREAT job of making the challenge of math fun. I also know my kids would really enjoy it. On the other hand, perhaps it would be better to just stick with ONE math program. Maybe I am crazy trying to do TWO complete programs in a single year? And maybe the danger is that we wouldn't complete our core math program (Singapore) because we were messing around with too much supplementation.
(FYI I also don't feel comfortable doing *just* Beast Academy because it doesn't provide enough practice on its own for my particular children. I would only use it as a fun review supplement.)
To sum things up my questions are:
1) Is it possible to use BOTH Singapore 5A/5B and Beast Academy 4a/4b/4c/4d and still finish math in an hour per day? (Assuming I also have them go back and fix any problems they missed within that hour. That is our habit.)
2) Assuming we used both programs and spent an hour per school day, would we be able to finish up in a regular school year? How would I assign that for the kids? Assign them two workbook exercises per day? Set a timer? With Singapore, I have always taught them lessons from the HIG/textbook. They are not the types of kids who can read a textbook and self-teach. (I have heard lore of kids who do this with Singapore. Those are not my kids!)
3) If you use both programs, how do you schedule your year? Instead of using both programs on both days, I am thinking of completing an entire unit of Singapore (plus the unit end review), then completing an entire unit of Beast. (Alternating between the two.)
4) How do you teach a typical beast Academy lesson? I would probably have to read the guide book with my kids so I could make sure they understood.
5) If I used Beast Academy (4th grade) and Singapore (5th grade), do you think I could get away with NOT using an introductory Logic book. (I was going to use a "Blast off with logic" workbook this year, but I am thinking that BeastAcademyy teaches enough logical thinking. Do you agree?)
Edited by TheAttachedMama, 16 July 2017 - 12:39 PM.